A Short History of Tractors in UkrainianMark your calendars! Here you'll find a reading schedule to keep you on track while reading A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. Please remember that this is only a guide - if you can't put the book down, don't!

Have questions, want to voice your opinion, can't figure something out about the book? Visit the Avid Reader Book Club folder in the forums where an ongoing discussion about the book will take place.


January - February

Date Schedule Discussion Questions
January 17 - 25 Order your copy of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian from one of our AbeBooks booksellers.

• How would you react if you felt a friend of family member was marrying the wrong person?

January 25 - 31 Read the first third of the book, chapters 1 - 9.

• What do you think Valentina’s real intentions are? Do you feel sympathy for her?
• What do you learn about Nadia's father and his outlook on life from his book on tractors?
• Why do you think Nikolai is drawn to Valentina? Compare his motivations to Valetina's.

February 1 - 7 Read the second third of the book, chapters 10 - 19.

• How are sisters Vera and Nadia different? How do they define themselves and each other?

February 8 - 15

Finish reading the novel. Make sure to check in at the forums if you haven't already!

Order your copy of Alan Brennert's Moloka'i, the next Avid Reader Book Club Pick.

• Revisit scenes from the novel from Stanislaw's point of view. Who would you have trusted?
• Compare the ways different characters react to and try to describe Valentina. Who do you agree with?
• How would you define Nikolai's book about tractors? Is it a history, a memoir, or something else?